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Is your Technology use a sin

Having just read  this article from Desiring God I thought the author raised an important question, one that I have been questioning myself recently.  Is the use of technology (Facebook, Twitter, email) daily really a good use of my time.  I may not have put it at the level of a sin as the author does but I do know that I spend way too much time doing nothing until I have read every update on FB for the day.

“Many of us may realize the pull that technology has on us and feel the weight of our guilt because of the wasted time. But like Paul says, Jesus is our rescuer. He came to redeem us from each and every sin, including the squandering away our time on the iPhone.”

As the author point’s out while there are some benefits to technology there are also consequences to those actions, including the damages to the real world relationships we may have.

“No doubt, technology provides many benefits to our lives. But we can’t be naïve to the consequences, including primarily its impact on our in-person relationships. It entices us away from face-to-face contact and real authentic connections. More often than not, it’s a time waster. It sucks us in and consumes hours. We think we are logging in to check one thing and an hour later we finally come up for air. The limited granules in the sands of our life’s clock trickle down while our fingers swipe and click our days away.”

So for me this is another gentle reminder to pull back from my technology use and to catch up on my real world task list.

Choice!

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Choice!

Concerning

I have followed the work of the Australian Christian lobby for many years so I get their weekly emails and in the latest one this week I read something that I found very concerning.

Note that this following statement come from the managing director of the ACL 

“I’ve not studied enough political theory to say whether or not conservatism (even Bernardi admits there are different definitions) is where all Christians should find a political home”

How is it possible that the managing director of a political group can not have studied any or enough political theory to know the answer to that.  Some people may come to a different answer then I would and that is fine but at least he should be able answer the question.

If it isn’t wrong to kill children, then it can not be wrong to do anything else.

Just read this article and I could not agree with it more.  If you can’t see that killing of children is morally wrong then it really is impossible to call anything wrong.

“So, me personally, I’m livin’ over here in a world where it’s never OK to execute a disabled baby, or any baby, for any reason. In fact, in my universe — a universe we might call “reality” — the murder of children could be, without hyperbole, classified as THE worst thing. It is the worst of all that is bad. It is the lowest of low. It is the ugliest of ugly. It is the Pinnacle of Wrong. If it isn’t wrong to kill children, then it can not be wrong to do anything else.”

“I’m often told that I need to be more understanding on this topic, but this is an unfair request. There are people — millions of them, in fact — who think it should be legal to murder babies, but then illegal to, say, pay a fast food worker less than minimum wage, or refuse to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. How could I possibly understand this mentality? How could I wrap my head around the thought process that leads one to conclude that the latter cases are so atrocious — so dehumanizing — that they ought to be outlawed, but the former case is so acceptable that it ought to be vigorously defended, and even funded, by the federal government?”

http://themattwalshblog.com/2013/12/22/i-cant-explain-why-we-shouldnt-murder-disabled-children/

 

How Pastors Get Rich

Take a read of this article about how Pastors get rich. It might just sound like a church you know.

This article exposes the secret methods certain pastors use to get rich off God’s people. Have you ever wondered how some pastors start a church and then become wealthy living in flash houses and driving luxury cars? Well this article exposes how they do it, extracting money from their congregations to fund their lifestyles. Here are the secrets they definitely do not want you to know.

Important Note: As you read please remember that very few pastors use the techniques you are about to discover. The great majority of Christian pastors do not earn much money even though they work hard at their jobs. Most Christian pastors would find these techniques repugnant. Please do not make the mistake of tarring the many good pastors with the brush reserved for the spiritually corrupt few.

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Multilevel Marketing Pattern
Books
DVDs
Hyped Conferences
The Christian Speaking Circuit
Pastor Owned Businesses that Feed Off the Flock
The Honor the Pastor Scam
High Pressure Offerings
Cathedral Building Wars
Siphoning Cash into Property
Excessive Wages
Perks
Nepotism
Their Fabricated Tithing Doctrine
The Carrot and the Stick
Summary

Why you should read this Article

You will discover the secret techniques that certain pastors use to transfer money out of your pocket and into theirs.

You will understand the overall pattern behind their tricks.

You will learn enough to protect your friends and family.

You could gain thousands of dollars (or pounds or euros), literally. Reading this article can set you free. Free to keep more of the money that you have worked hard for. Money you can take and invest in genuine works of God, or in toys for your kids, or perhaps something shiny for your spouse.

Finally, reading this article can help you please God more, since you will no longer be investing in ungodly works.

Read the rest of the article here.

Where in the Bible is this?

Where in the Bible does it tell us to go around as these “ministries” do to win people to Christ? How does any of this bring honour to God?

Why is that those outside the church are more able to see how wrong this is?

Preach the Gospel instead of all this rubbish, that is what saves, not a cage fight.

The Daily Show – God Smacked

Or Wrestling for Jesus as below.
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